Belgian Tervuren puppies can be a great choice for a forever friend, depending on your lifestyle.
If you’re considering one of these dogs, here’s everything you need to know!
Where To Get Belgian Tervuren Puppies
Purebred dogs are hard to come by in shelters, especially dogs as beautiful as a Belgian Tervuren. If you just want a dog that’s similar in appearance and/or temperament, you might be able to find one, but you’ll have to call around a lot! Kingston…
Your best bet for a purebred Belgian Tervuren puppy is to look for a reputable breeder. You still need to be careful, as many breeders are unfortunately unethical. They breed mixed dogs and claim they’re purebred. While mixed dogs are great too, this is irresponsible because they do it while not health checking the puppies, or they don’t socialize them well. This can create a lot of problems for the unsuspecting family that takes them on.
Any good breeder will be open and honest about their practices. They should let you meet the parents, send plenty of updates on the puppies, tell you how they’re being raised and, perhaps most importantly, provide health records for the puppy and the parents. AKC papers also signal that the puppy is at least purebred, though it doesn’t necessarily mean they were raised right! Kingston and Sonny…
The average price of Belgian Tervuren puppies is $2000. If you’re looking for a puppy and the cost is a lot less, it might be a red flag about the breeder, so be wary!
This medium-sized dog looks a lot like a German Shepherd and is often confused for one! They have long coats that come in a variety of colors, and actually have thick double coats. These protect them from both the cold and the heat. They also have long faces with pricked ears. Maya…
These dogs are highly intelligent and trainable. Eager to please their person, you’ll find they catch onto things quickly and want to listen. They can be very sensitive so you should only ever use positive reinforcement to train them, but this is true of any dog. Positive reinforcement teaches them the right way to behave while maintaining your relationship with them.
As they’re herding dogs, they do have a lot of energy and will need to find outlets for this. Mental stimulation can help as much as physical.
One thing to bear in mind is that they may not be great in a house with small children. They can be prone to being a little snappy and impatient, which often doesn’t make them the best companion for small humans! However, this doesn’t mean it’s impossible for them to co-exist — just that you need to take care. Firegold…
Belgian Tervuren Puppies – Veterinary Needs
Like any dogs, Belgian Tervuren puppies need a series of shots to protect them against nasty viruses like parvovirus, distemper, etc. This series usually starts when they’re eight weeks old and ends when they’re around sixteen to eighteen weeks, so it can include a series of three or four shots. They’ll also get their rabies vaccine at the end of this.
Any dog needs a veterinary check-up once a year, and you should make sure you keep these.
They are prone to a few problems like hip dysplasia, so vets can keep checking for these. This is another reason the parents should be health-tested — to minimize the risk.
The main thing you should avoid when it comes to diet is grain-free food, as this has been linked to heart disease in dogs.
Otherwise, if you choose kibble, remember that not all foods are created equal. Consult with your vet to make sure the food has all of the ingredients and nutrients they need to stay healthy. Some food also has a lot of filler instead of nutrients, which you want to avoid. Nigttreasure…
Some people swear by feeding raw, but don’t try to cook your dog’s meals yourself. They also need grains and other things as well as meat, as dogs are omnivores, not carnivores! Some subscription services will create meals for you, and they tend to be your best bet.
Treats should never make up more than 10% of your dog’s diet.
Like any dog, you’ll have to clip their nails on a regular basis. A good rule of thumb is every six to eight weeks, or when the nails start to tap on the floor. You can use nail clippers or a Dremel, but the important thing is getting them used to it at an early age. You can do this by providing high-value treats while introducing them to the tool. Sage…
Because of their coat, they do need to be brushed and trimmed regularly. You can learn to do this yourself or take them to a groomer, but the brushing, at least, will need to be done every day. You should never shave their double coat, even in summer!
Belgian Tervuren Puppies – Photos
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